Sunday, May 6, 2018


Rave Writers International Society of Authors bestowed the honor of naming Outshine the Book of the Month. 

To outshine is to "shine more brightly...overshadow...transcend...." (

When personal tragedy, serious or life-threatening illnesses, over-whelming financial issues, divorce or any other challenge comes into one's life, I believe we need to outshine it. One might ask, "How can I possibly outshine the situation I am in?" 

Here are 7 things one can do: 
     1. As a person goes through the stages of grief: shock, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. It is important that they get to the level of acceptance. With the help of counseling, friends or family, and our faith that can be achieved. 

     2. Exercise is beneficial. Just taking daily walks, swimming, going to the gym, or playing an outdoor activity improve the mind, body, and spirit. 

     3. Deep prayer or meditation is a third way. It connects us to our God, quiets our mind, brings a sense of peace and purpose.

     4. If we think and react with positive thinking, then once again we will let the light into our lives. Negativity blocks us from seeing things clearly. "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change." (Wayne Dyer)

    5. Humor releases tension and anxiety. Endorphins are released which improve our sense of well-being.

    6. During challenging times, eating healthy and nutritiously is vital. Stress uses up a lot of our vital vitamins and minerals, which we need to have energy, clarity, and health.

    7. A belief in something greater than you is vital because faith gives us purpose and peace. My faith in God is an integral part of who I am and how I live. 

The title of my book Outshine came from one paragraph: An important lesson I learned early in life is that the beauty of the soul, the real and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation. It outshines any negative experience."

                   To outshine means we are set free. We
               have overcome the challenge, we are at
             acceptance and living our lives burden-free.

The book, Outshine is about my journey with ovarian cancer and how I coped with that life-altering and life-threatening challenge. Yes, the reader will learn about ovarian cancer which is the least well-known and deadliest gynecologic cancer. It is important that women recognize and immediately act on any of the symptoms, which unfortunately mimic other disorders. 

I am honored and grateful to Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers International Society of Authors for naming Outshine the Book of the Month.

All proceeds go to gynecologic-ovarian cancer research through Dr. Robert Holloway at Orlando South Hospital. avail. for 0.99 May 7-10 avail. for 0.99 May 7-10


  1. Congrats Karen on your book being honored this month! It is one that has been high on my list to read. I love the seven steps that can apply to any illness or hardship. Great Wayne Dyer quote and I fully appreciate the healing of humor. Faith can takes us beyond anything. Enjoy your month:)

    1. Thank you, Denise for your comments. Outshine is about ovarian cancer which is the deadliest form of gynecologic cancers, therefore it is imperative that every woman know and act upon the symptoms. The PAP smear does NOT detect any cancer except cervical.
      Wishing you a good week.